Thursday, May 15, 2008
I got an email today from NCDC saying that Don Fiedler had passed. Don was one of my favorite people and taught me much about being a criminal defense lawyer, and a person. My kids hadn't met him, but they "recognized" him when I reminded them of the times we played improv games after Don had taught us to use them at NCDC.
The picture is of Don playing William Jennings Bryan. I couldn't find a photo of his more famous role, that of Clarence Darrow.
I don't know if I've ever met a kinder soul. I was once told that although Don gave away a scholarship to the NCDC every year, that people shouldn't take this as a sign that he could afford it. In fact, the person told me that Don would simply give away his money if asked.
I believe it.
Here's the text of the Omaha World Herald obituary:
"Donald B. Fiedler
FIEDLER-Donald B., age 65. Preceded in death by parents, Ruth and Alfred A. Fiedler. Survived by son, David Fiedler and fiancee, Angela Davis, Minneapolis, MN; granddaughter, Mackenzie Fiedler, Omaha; sister, Sandra Straus, New York NY.
Graveside Services Sunday 1pm Beth El Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Memorials to National Criminal Defense College, c/o Mercer Law School, Macon, GA, 31207. JOHN A. GENTLEMAN MORTUARIES
72nd STREET CHAPEL
1010 North 72nd St., 391-1664"